Monday, May 25, 2015

Dance Art Journal Page

Hi and welcome! I can't believe it is already the end of May. I went for another great bicycle ride yesterday and this time I brought a bike map, last time I got a little lost and ended up cycling pretty far. It is Monday and a new Simon Says Stamp Monday Challenge is up. We have a thank you theme this week.

I did quite a few thank you cards lately, so I felt like something else this week and worked in my art journal instead. The page is about being thankful for the little things in life, because, as the Tim Holtz stamp says, 'when you stop and look around this life is pretty amazing'. The background was already half done because I had smeared leftover paint on it a few months ago, and removed some of the paint by rubbing with a baby wipe through the Tracks stencil by Dina Wakley. Under the paint, there was a layer of gesso.

I used Dina Wakley's paints and stencils on this page. Blackberry Violet was mixed into Texture Paste and applied to the page with a palette knife through the Basics stencil. I dragged Ranger's Texture Tool through the paste before removing the stencil. The tool has six plastic cards with different textures, I used texture tool 1. When the paste was dry, I rubbed a little Pearl paint on top. The Prize Ribbon was die cut from a Pocket Card and embellished with rub-ons.

The half circle was given the same treatment as the heart. I also outlined the shapes with a Fude pen. I stamped words from the All The Gals set here and there. The blocks where the paint was rubbed off make great homes for small words.

Paste was also applied through the Canvas stencil. I really like Dina's Silhouetted Women stamps and they are great for art journaling. Because my surface was so textured, with all the paste, I stamped the silhouette and the sentiment on tissue paper. Tear around the shapes, to prevent the edge of the tissue paper from showing. Apply a thin layer of gloss multi medium, carefully position the tissue paper onto the multi medium, and apply a second layer on top. The stars were die cut from silver Deco Sheets, and I placed this one as if she is balancing it on her finger. 

The 'dance' word was added with the StencilGirl Uplifting Words stencil. 

 I also added a sentiment with the Affirmations stencil, and rub-on notes to fit with the dance theme.

Pearl paint was applied here and there, and you can see the effect a little better on this photo. It gives a great pearlescent shine to areas of the page.

Sometimes I like to stamp certain sentiment repeatedly, and on this page it was the 'use  your wings' sentiment, which is stamped all over the page, often without reinking.

I hope you will join us this week in our thank you challenge! As every week, one random participant gets a $50 gift voucher from Simon Says Stamp and can do some shopping.

Thank you so much for stopping by today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Friendship Canvas Tutorial

Hi friends!! Many of my friends are staying far away from me, and when I was thinking of that the other day, I felt like making a project about that theme. It's a mixed media tutorial, and I am happy to have it on the Simon Says Stamp blog today.

Here's a little sneak peek. I used mainly products by Tim Holtz, but also some Simon Says Stamp exclusives, and paints by Dina Wakley. It is fun to incorporate die cuts into a background, for a great textured background. Here you can peek the Bubble Parade die by Simon Says Stamp. I  also used Tim Holtz fun Globe die again.

To see the full project and all the steps, you'll have to jump over to the Simon Says Stamp blog.

Thank you for stopping by today! Have a great weekend!

Anna-Karin

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Fairy Tale Pop-Up Card

Hello friends! Today I am sharing a sweet fairy tale pop-up card on the Sizzix blog.

I had such fun making this sweet card, using the new Birthday Card Pop-Up set and Happy Birthday stamp/die set by Lori Whitlock. The Birthday Card set contains 16 great dies, pop-up base, a cupcake, a candle, a balloon, stars, a little pocket, the castle, a wand, a crown and more. You can combine them to make a large number of different cards. Children love pop-up cards, but the dies in the set can be used for other types of projects too. Prima’s Bedtime Story paper pad was a perfect fit for my card.

For more photos and info, head over to the Sizzix blog

Thank you for visiting my blog today!

Happy crafting!

Anna-Karin

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